It’s probably too late to first-foot anyone but you really don’t need an excuse to make the perfect melt-in-your-mouth buttery biscuit. It can be enjoyed at any time with anyone, or just you….and an entire shortbread round. If you need a motive, there is always 25th January – Burns Night – an apt occasion to get your apron (or peenie) on and bake some Scottish treats.
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Soda bread is a great standby, especially when you have something tasty bubbling away on the hob and are desperately in need of a no-fuss starchy side dish to soak up the juices. It is a perfect accompaniment to soups or stews and is brilliant breakfast fodder. Unlike yeast breads it doesn’t need to prove or rise so you can get a batch in the oven and ready to eat (if you don’t mind scalding your mouth) in around an hour.
This white onion sauce was recommended by Lady Llanover in her 1837 cookbook, ‘First Principles of Good Cookery’, as the ideal accompaniment to salt duck. I have to admit I was doubtful, being that the ingredients consisted solely of onions, water, flour and milk. The recipe is now firmly in my repertoire of quick and delicious sauces. It is no worse for the lack of butter and you can feel extremely virtuous even if you eat it to excess.
There are many types of duck – we had mallard which was delicious cooked in this way, very tender, and tasted quite game-y. The stock was amazing. I’m not sure if salt duck tastes better than roast duck but it is certainly it’s equal. With the bonus of a pan full of full-flavoured stock to enhance another meal, however, the balance falls in the favour of salt boiled duck every time.